One of my very talented Evernight Publishing sisters, Ella Grey, asked me to partake in a “chain” interview. You know.. like the old “chain letters.” A writer tags another writer and all of us answer the same questions. There are no warnings of bad luck or growing warts if you don’t participate, but it is definitely fun to see how others in your field do what they do. Authors are interesting folks and each one is unique in what they write, why they write and how they write it.
Make sure to check out Ella’s answers http://ellagrey.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/an-insight-into-ella-grey/
Next stop on the chain is Stephanie Berget. www.stephanieberget.com
My answers are below:
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a few things right now. I have started writing a contemporary erotic romance involving a Florida cowboy. I’m planning on making it into a series because this cowboy has two brothers as well. The brothers work and run their family citrus farm. And of course, they need love, so I have found them some love interests! I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat! 🙂
I’ve also had a short story accepted for Evernight’s Romance on the Go line entitled, Board Stiff. It will be a part of a short series called Taking Advantage. The series captures a snapshot in the love life of three younger men that sit on the board of directors for an insurance company called Advantage. It’s been a blast to write.
I’m also working on a sequel to my first published novella, More Than Friends. The demand was high for more of Jeni and Brian’s story, so I am just starting on that. I also have a short story that I just completed and submitted. Let’s just say… I’m not sitting around twiddling my thumbs! 😉
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I think it differs because it’s written by me! 😉 I write contemporary erotic romance. There is a lot in the genre, especially right now. But each writer has a distinct voice and style and that’s what separates all of us.
What experiences have influenced you?
I am a survivor of sexual assault. By far, that was the most influential event in my life. I was young when it happened and it shaped my perceptions of myself, men and sex. I had many years of counseling and a lot of determination to move beyond the actual incident itself. Though it was a horrible thing to experience, it made me who and what I am today… and I’m good with that because I like me.
Why do you write what you do?
I write erotic romances because I also like and read them. I know since I started reading this genre, I’ve learned so many things… some of which I use in my own relationship. 😉 And of course, what woman doesn’t love romance?!
How does your writing process work?
My writing process is rarely the same. Usually, a scene pops into my head. I let it play out a bit… write some notes. Then, I sit down and write out the scene. Sometimes the characters are not quite developed… or I don’t know what the underlying conflict is. I just know this scene. From the scene, a story develops. On occasion, I’ll go back to the beginning and write from there. Other times, I hop all over the place and then weave the story together. Most of the time, I have to go back and tweak the original scene that started it all, but I’ve yet to take out the original scene from my stories.
What is the hardest part about writing?
To be honest, the hardest part for me is finding the time to write. I work a full-time job that involves some travel. I have three children six years old and younger. I have a husband, a dog and a house to run. I am a social butterfly with lots of friends. And I love to spend time with my family. So, my days are busy. I force myself to write 45-60 minutes a day. A lot of days, I write more than that. Some days I just write 45 minutes and it’s all crap! 🙂
Aside from the time aspect, my only other struggle is finding the right title for a story! You need something that not only captures the story, but will also capture the readers’ attention.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
I have not written a full-length novel yet. My Florida cowboy story is going to be full-length and I’m excited about that!
Who are the authors you most admire?
I’ll admit… I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Day. I LOVE the Crossfire series. I’m also a big fan of Olivia Cunning, Alice Clayton and Cherrie Lynn. I’ve always loved reading their books. I’ve enjoyed Laura Kaye. Since signing on to Evernight Publishing, I’ve also become a huge fan of Jenika Snow. Her stories are great and she writes like a fiend. She has a new book out almost every week! 🙂
From an old school perspective, I’ve always admired Ernest Hemingway’s storytelling.
Who are new authors to watch out for?
Stephanie Berget. Our Evernight Publishing releases came out right around the same time, so we became fast buddies. I’ve read her book, Sugarwater Ranch, and I love it. She’s got some serious talent!
What scares you?
Spiders! Plain and simple! I don’t care if my husband has to use a magnifying glass to see it in order to kill it. If it’s a spider, I scream and jump up on whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t get near me! My husband will then walk in the room with a tissue and a smile and ask me where it is. He calls it my “spider scream.” 😉
Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me, Ella and Stephanie!
So excited to have joined the Wet and Wild Blog hop sponsored by Skye Warren. School’s almost out! Summer is almost here! It’s time to hit the beach or the pool and soak up the sun. If you’re anything like me, that means you need some good books to read! I often look back on my high school and college days and remember how excited I was to hit the book store and find a few good reads to get me through the summer. Now all those options are at our fingertips… literally.
If you’re looking for a scorching read about a sexy firefighter to start your summer off hot, then I’ve got the book for you… my latest release from Evernight Publishing… In Flames!
Read the blurb below:
Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter. She knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own.
As a fireman, Matt Riley was at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and depression after the accident.
The last year has been difficult for both Gracelyn and Matt. They’ve relied on each other to get through the tough times. With the anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt once again turn to each other for comfort and support. They find it in each other’s arms. Will their desire for each other consume them? Can they overcome the guilt and scrutiny of those around them to find love again…together?
And here’s an excerpt from In Flames to give you a little taste:
“Is this why you’re here, Gracey,” Matt asked. He took a step closer to her. “Did you come here to scold me some more? To tell me to grow up? To question how I feel about you?” His hands grabbed her by the shoulders and pressed her against the side of his truck bed. She gasped. He stood mere inches from her. His mouth watered to taste her. Her sweet strawberry scent enveloped him and made him a little lightheaded. “Or did you come here with hopes that I would slam you against my truck, hike up your dress and sink deep inside you with my now rock hard cock?” Gracelyn inhaled sharply at his words.
Matt lowered his mouth harshly on hers. His lips molded to hers until his tongue was able to push through her lips. He thrust his tongue deep into her mouth… exploring and tasting her. One hand weaved into her hair and held her head still so he could continue to explore her mouth just the way he wanted. Her arms wrapped around his neck. His other hand slid down her side and inched up the skirt of her dress. Gracelyn moaned softly as his hand made contact with her thigh. Slowly, his hand edged up her thigh to her pelvis.
“You don’t fucking disappoint, do you, Gracelyn?” He groaned into her mouth as he felt no panties on underneath her dress. His fingers grazed over her mound. “Did you have panties on at Brier Hill? And you better answer that with a yes.” he said penetratingly. The idea that she ran around in a dress to a work social function with no panties on both infuriated and excited him.
You can buy In Flames at the following links:
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Hazel Gower is one cool chick and I’m pretty thrilled to have her at The Spicy Butterfly Garden today showcasing her latest book from Evernight Publishing, Letters to Her Soldier. Hazel has provided us with a glimpse into the story of Caleb and Bianca. I can’t wait to dive into this one myself. Enjoy!
Can you fall in love with someone through their letters?
Bianca Gardiner’s best friend Greta asks her to write a letter to her brother on the front line, she just never expected a response. Yet Caleb asks for more. Bianca uses the letters as a confession each week, pouring out her soul and divulging information she normally wouldn’t share with anyone.
Warrant Officer, Caleb Sutten fell in love with Bianca through the letters she sent him over five years. Each sweet word helped to keep him sane. But every time he comes home for leave, Bianca goes into hiding.
Not this time.
From the moment they’re together, their passion ignites. Caleb will stop at nothing to pull her out of the dark and put her into his arms, where she belongs.
“I don’t know why you can’t pick your brother up, ” Bianca said on the phone with her friend Greta.
“We’re getting a surprise ready for him. You know it’s his birthday next weekend. We’re doing a big combined welcome home party. It’s taking a lot to organize. ” Greta paused. “Because I’m off next weekend for the celebration, I couldn’t get this weekend too. And I thought you might like to pick him up since you’ve been sending him letters for the last couple of years. ”
Bianca groaned. “Sending letters is totally different than talking and seeing him in person. The last time I saw Caleb, I was a chubby little girl who followed him around everywhere. ”
Greta laughed. “Well, you’re not anymore. You can’t keep avoiding him. Don’t think I haven’t noticed that every time he gets leave, you go MIA. He’s home for a while now teaching new recruits, so you won’t be able to avoid him the whole time. Unless you move. ”
Bianca wondered if her work would okay a transfer. She was their star wedding cake maker.
“Don’t even think about it, Bianca. I will hunt you down and drag you back. ”
Sighing in defeat, Bianca looked around the airport for Caleb. “Fine, but he doesn’t know what I look like. I haven’t se—”
“Yes, he does. I’ve been sending him pictures of us, of you. ”
“You what?” A bunch of people turned to glare at Bianca. “You did what? I told him no when he asked for pictures. ”
“Why on earth would you do that?”
Scrubbing a hand over her face, Bianca looked up at the arrival board to see Caleb’s plane had landed a good ten minutes ago. “I was scared. I didn’t know what picture to send. I look nothing like the girls I remember he liked to date. I’m not five-seven with legs that go on forever, a blonde, or a size under double digits. I don’t think I ever will be any of those things. I’m a wedding cake maker and designer, and I like taste testing my food too much. ”
There was quiet on the other end of the line for a moment before Greta replied. “You do realize the way to a man’s heart is with food. ”
“You can say that because you’re a size ten, and your mother taught you how to cook. Hey, aren’t you supposed to be at work? That’s why I had to come and pick Caleb up instead of you?”
Bianca was met with another silent reply, and a niggling feeling came over her that Greta was up to something more than just a welcome-home, birthday surprise for Caleb.
“Sorry. Busy working and getting the surprise ready to go. Talk later. Bye. ”
The uneasy feeling got bigger as Bianca put the phone back in her bag. Straightening her shoulders, she looked around again. Army men come out of the gate in full uniform, and she slowly walked forward. “Oh my, they do look so good. ”
An older lady next to her chuckled and asked, “Yes, they do. Any of them yours?”
Bianca shook her head and started to say no when Caleb walked out with two other men. Tall, he stood well over six feet with broad shoulders and a tight muscular body. Bianca couldn’t see much of his dark olive skin in his Army uniform. His hat covered his jet black hair and his piercing deep dark brown eyes set above a strong masculine jaw.
Caleb searched the crowd before his gaze stopped on her. He stalked forward. “Hey, beautiful. ”
Bianca stared at him, stunned, as he pulled her to him, and his mouth come down on hers. He held her tightly as his lips crushed hers and his tongue traced her lips, asking for entry.
With her mind going a million miles a minute, it took her a moment before she moaned, wrapped her arms around Caleb, opened her mouth, and met his tongue with hers.
He pulled away, leaving her panting, and she wondered if she’d fallen into some parallel universe.
Caleb smiled down at her, showing perfect white teeth. “Ready to go. Just need to grab my backpack. ”
Speechless, she nodded as he grabbed her hand and walked over to the baggage carrousel. She trailed behind him probably looking like a stunned mullet. Caleb didn’t let go of her hand when he grabbed his big backpack, shoved it on one shoulder, and then pulled her toward the exit.
“Where did you park?”
Bianca pointed to her left, not trusting her voice to talk.
“Do you still have the little white sports car?”
She froze, and he stopped and looked back at her. “How do you know I have a Honda Integra?”
A huge grin spread over his face. “The first picture I got from Greta was of you with the car your parents bought you. She told me all about how you corrupted her to go racing in it. ”
Bianca watched his eyes light up as he moved to box her in against the car behind her.
“That’s not the best part. The picture she sent is of you laid back on your car, posing in only a white bikini. ”
She gulped, and thought of the best way to kill her best friend…scratch that, ex-best friend the next time she saw her.
Where to buy Letters To Her Soldier:
Tamsin Baker’s Timing is Everything
Today, I’d like to welcome Tamsin Baker, an Evernight Publishing sister to the Spicy Butterfly Garden. Tamsin is here promoting her hot new Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go, Timing is Everything. She’s given us a scorching excerpt from her new book! Enjoy… I know I did!
Excerpt from Timing Is Everything:
Mark held open Angie’s door and guided her into the car without touching her. Sadness and disappointment shut down her breathing. Angie knew she shouldn’t have felt that way after he had shared such an incredible experience with her, but she did and she didn’t know what to do about the tension between them now.
They had always walked a tight line, Mark and her. He was currently single but had been married for almost ten years before a messy divorce and several girlfriends. She was currently in a new but committed relationship.
They never seemed to get their lives to coordinate properly and their timing was always off. Maybe she shouldn’t have pushed so hard to come investigate this party with him? Had she threatened their friendship?
Mark slipped into the driver side, his hand going to his pants to readjust himself.
“Sorry.” He apologized as he started the car.
Angie laughed. What else was there to do at a moment like this? They were both turned on, and yet they could do nothing about it. “Why? I’m as uncomfortable as you are, I’m sure.”
His head turned to her, brown eyes piercing in the darkness. Angie didn’t let her gaze drop. She had always wanted this man and her arousal was partly due to him. But, she couldn’t, she was in a relationship!
However, with Angie’s heart rate increasing steadily and her head fuzzy as though intoxicated, that didn’t seem all that pertinent at the moment.
“You’re aroused?” His voice was gruff, as though he had been standing around a campfire too long.
Angie giggled, again inappropriately. “Of course I am. Did you see that final scene? Wow …”
Mark cleared his throat and shifted in his car seat again. His face showed worry and something Angie couldn’t work out, which was unusual as she usually read him better than anyone.
She frowned as she surveyed him a moment longer. “Mark, what’s wrong?”
He cleared his throat and set his shoulders. “We’ve been friends a long time and I have no wish to ruin that …” he trailed off.
Angie’s heart rate sped up again and she clenched her knees together as a new gush of wetness soaked her panties. “Yes?”
“I’ve always wanted to taste you.”
Tamsin Baker’s Bio:
Tamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who LOVES to read.
For fifteen years she read romance looking for the ‘good’ bits.
When she found erotic romance and pure erotica reading it was like coming home to people who knew what she wanted to read and wow, did her head space change.
Tamsin could now read what she wanted and found she could write a little too.
She’s only beginning this journey but she looks forward to putting out lots of books in the future and reading even more!
Enjoy and thank you.
You can find Tamsin Baker at the links below:
The Undercover Lover by Rebecca Brochu
Today, I’d like to welcome Rebecca Brochu to the Spicy Butterfly Garden. She has a hot new M/M release from Evernight Publishing entitled The Undercover Lover. Check it out.
When vice cop Gentry Trecall is informed that he’s going to be going undercover as a hooker, thanks to the city’s latest bid to crack down on prostitution, he’s skeptical but resigned. What he doesn’t expect is to encounter someone like Dublin MacAulay, the owner of the popular night club The Pale that just so happens to be right across the street from the corner Gentry has been assigned.
With the gruff but sincere way he tries to get Gentry off of the street Dublin’s unlike anyone Gentry’s ever met before. An unspoken attraction lingers between the two and the truth about Gentry’s profession is the only thing that keeps it at bay. But when the truth finally does come out will Dublin be able to forgive Gentry for the lie he’s had to tell? Or will his undercover work lose Gentry the lover of his dreams?
“I didn’t think this far ahead,” Gentry admitted quietly. His lips were slick and dark from being kissed, and Dublin pulled himself back from Gentry’s neck only to surge forward again to recapture them. Their tongues slid against each other, hot and wet and deliciously dirty, before Dublin pulled back again with a low groan.
“What do you want, Gentry? You have to tell me. You have to say it,” Dublin rasped, voice husky and eyes heavy lidded.
Gentry’ mouth fell open, and his eyes dropped to Dublin’s lips as he swallowed hard against the wave of vicious desire that roared through him. “I want everything. I want you and me naked in your bed, or on this bar, or where ever I can have you right now. I want you to fuck me hard and fast or deep and slow. I want you to give us both what we’ve been wanting since we met, and then I want you to do it over again. Please,” Gentry added. His cheeks burned red, and he licked his lips nervously as he met Dublin’s gaze head on.
Dublin didn’t say a word, but he wasted no time in ushering Gentry to his feet. He led Gentry towards the back of the club and up a flight of steps into what Gentry could immediately tell was his private office. Dublin tumbled them both down onto the couch, his hot, firm weight pressing Gentry down into the thick cushions, and then Dublin kissed him again.
You can find out more about Rebecca Brochu and her books here:
Check it out! Thanks to Live Love Media, In Flames has an amazing book trailer!
After such a successful book blog tour for my book, More Than Friends, I thought it best I’d take my latest release, In Flames, on a tour as well. Starting on Monday, May 20, I will be blog hopping with Gracelyn and Matt! Please make sure to visit us! 🙂
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Faerie Tale Books – www.faerietalebooks.org
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Musings From an Addicted Reader – http://musingsfomanaddictedreader.blogspot.com
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blgospot.com
Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads – http://shaynareneesspicyreads.blgospot.com
Crystal’s Random Thoughts – www.crystalsrandomthoughts.com
Roxanne’s Realm – www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com
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Love In a Book – www.loveinabook.com
The Snarkology – http://melissasnark.blogspot.com
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